In July 2021, Bill worked with the Port of Duluth (MN) to write a successful FEMA Port Security Grant that awarded the Port $335,261 for a security surveillance upgrade.
Bill Hanka is an seasoned professional with 23 years of proven success advocating for private sector and government clients at the federal level.
Recent Career Highlights:
Bill co-created a coalition of auto community mayors - now known as the Manufacturing Alliance of Communities (MAC) - in response to the needs of local communities facing drastic downturns in their economies because of auto plant closures and fought successfully in 2009-2010 for the establishment of the $773 million RACER Trust to remediate and redevelop 89 former General Motors sites around the nation.
Bill worked for 10 years honing his skills in positions at the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
In December 2013, Bill worked with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to organize a Mayors Manufacturing Summit at the White House featuring members of President Obama's Cabinet and prominent manufacturing mayors from around the nation.
In December 2016, Bill worked with his client, the Cincinnati (OH) Park Board, to obtain a new $30 million authorization in the 2016 Water Resources Development Act to complete work on the $120 million Cincinnati Central Riverfront Project.
In August 2019, Bill was invited to the ribbon-cutting for the new 8th Street Bridge in Anderson, Indiana, on which he had worked with his clients, Madison County and the City of Anderson to obtain a $13.5 million TIGER grant. The new bridge was completed on time and $2.5 million under budget.
In June 2018, Bill worked with his clients, Macomb County (MI) and the Cities of Sterling Heights and Warren (MI) to obtain a $97.8 million INFRA grant to rebuild Mound Road, a vital industrial manufacturing corridor in suburban Detroit.